Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.
If you’re like many of us on the Home52 team, you don’t have the luxury of a dedicated room that can serve as your home office. Maybe right now your workspace is a corner of your couch, or your nightstand, or a stack of books on top of a radiator, or a skinny stretch next to the kitchen sink. Whatever works! Still, we’d venture that chiseling out a designated workspace, no matter how tiny, no matter where you can squeeze it in—even a corner of the bedroom or a literal closet—makes a difference. It helps to have a space that’s organized, thoughtful, creative, and beautiful to spend your days in, too.
Here are nine offices we’ve noticed lately that prove that you can, actually, squeeze a functional and pretty good-looking workspace in anywhere. The thing is, too, you probably have everything you need to create them: All you need is a clear surface, a window, a comfortable chair, and maybe a candle or two.
A suitable desk needn’t be square (or rectangular). We love the charming round workspace designer Katie Hackworth set up as a creative space for her daughter—and think it would make a lovely office, too.
Here’s a home office setup that’s both functional and aesthetic, via Netherlands-based Instagrammer Sanne Hop. Note all of the sneaky but beautiful storage: a narrow slot beneath the desktop for storing notebooks, a peg rail for hanging essentials. (And here’s Sanne’s kid-friendly version, should your little ones need a workspace, too.)
Architect and blogger Holly Beechener fits an itty-bitty desk situation into a sunny back bedroom—and pale green walls, plenty of natural light, and a little houseplant keep it feeling bright and serene, not cramped.
A workspace under the eaves by Instagrammer @scandi.liebe couldn’t be simpler, but becomes a lovely place to work, thanks to a few considered objects and a couple of candles.
All you need to make a workspace is a table and a chair—but make it design-worthy, as Anne Carpentier did in her guest house in Arles, France, spotted via The Socialite Family.
A petite walk-in closet becomes a mini office by blogger Ursula Carmon. Our favorite part? You can close the doors on work at the end of the day.
A shelf just slim enough for a laptop (and a cup of tea), by Sydney-based Studio Gorman.
Settling down to work is just a little easier when the home office feels inviting. In the at-home workspace of designer and blogger Sarah Van Peteghem of Coco Lapine, the monochromatic layout goes a long way, too.
A favorite office-in-a-nook by London-based 2LG Studio. Despite the dramatic payoff, what we love about this is it only takes a can of paint to get the look. Paint the interior of an unused closet (and the insides of the doors, too) for a surprise every time you open the doors to get to work. (The color sets the “office” apart from the rest of the room, too.)